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CBD in Athletes

CBD in Athletes 

Athletes often push themselves both mentally and physically while training, which can eventually cause fatigue and even pain. Many athletes have found that CBD helps reduce or eliminate their use of NSAIDS while easing aches and pains in the joints and muscles. 

CBD oil is used as a natural remedy for pain relief, improved sleep function, increased appetite, better immune system response, alleviation of chronic pain, and inflammation reduction. Athletes and amateurs alike benefit from its efficacy.

The Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics[1]  article reported that CBD oil has been proven to help with anxiety, depression, acne, blood pressure, and can decrease symptoms related to cancer treatments such as nausea, vomiting, aches, and lack of appetite.

According to Dr. Murdoc Khaleighi, “CBD use can be helpful in athletic recovery for several reasons. First, it has been demonstrated to be a potent anti-inflammatory, suggesting it can potentially hasten muscle recovery,” Khaleighi says. “In addition, CBD has been shown to be the greater pain-relieving component of cannabis. Such pain relief is indispensable for competitive athletes where pain can be the primary limiter of exertion. And just as important for the everyday athlete. Finally, one of the most essential components of fitness is sleep for healing and energy recovery, and CBD can potentially regulate sleep stability.”

The most common ways to take or use CBD oils are oral drops, called tinctures, capsules and topical balms. These contain hemp extracts of cannabidiol (CBD). How you take it depends on your preference and needs for a local or general use.

Tinctures, capsules, balms, edibles are the most common form of CBD. Tinctures are taken by ingesting a couple of drops under the tongue. Capsules are popular as they are more convenient. It’s also easier to regulate the exact dosage with capsules. CBD oils in topicals, such as lotions and balms, are good for local, muscle and joint inflammation, acne, psoriasis, and even slowing the signs of aging.

Is CBD legal for athletes during competition? 

Yes. In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) did the same, and they have a “Marijuana FAQ” page to clarify the rules. There is an important qualification: ONLY CBD was removed from the prohibited list. THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana is still prohibited in competition, as are synthetic cannabinoids. Hemp CBD is not permitted by law to have more than 0.03% THC within any CBD product which appears to be below the limit permitted. Tests limits for THC should be reviewed on the guidelines of the WADA and USADA.

Reduce inflammation 

Inflammation can hinder recovery and hurts performance. CBD helps reduce the inflammatory response after your muscles and joints being stressed after hard workouts. CBD could be a game changer at how athletes recover from training and manage both acute and chronic pain. 

CBD offers good potential benefits and few risks. If it improves recovery as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and sleep aid, then it has great potential to improve athletic performance.


Our Majestic Freshness Muscle & Joint Balm with 500mg CBD per 2oz container has been highly reviewed by customers and 3rd party reviewers. A small amount goes a long way to give relief within minutes of topical application. One Reviewer wrote – “This is the third time I have purchased this product, it significantly reduces the tenderness in my shoulder and knee joints. I’m a pickleball fanatic and spend hours on the court weekly drilling/playing with my friends and this balm keeps me on the court. I have had 3 rotator surgical repairs and a total knee replacement and this product relieves the annoying throbbing that would keep me awake at night. I spend a lot of money on court shoes and I look at this product as part of my necessary court expenditures.”

If you have more health issues than muscle and joint pain you may want to start taking CBD internally by taking tincture. You want to start with a low dose and increase slowly as your body allows. This may seem like a slow process but it is the best. Many find tinctures to be the best way to start so that they can start with just a few drops per day, adding more drops each day. Some start by taking Hemp CBD one time per day and then two times per day increasing until the desired benefits are found. Some may feel the benefits at 5 mg per day and others might need 500 mg per day. Again, there is no absolute dosage for everyone. Each person needs to find their “sweet spot” or “therapeutic dose” and no one can decide that for anyone. 



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